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Monkey with a Halo:
The November 27th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Angels worried about Dodgers signing Greinke, considering Ryan Madson, trade value rankings and much more...
The Story: The Angels view the Dodgers as their biggest threat to re-signing Zack Greinke.
The Monkey Says: I'm not buying it. The Dodgers already have too many pitchers for their rotation and $200 million in committed payroll. I think it is pretty clear that they aren't afraid to spend, but how they are going to bring in Greinke and then trade off their spare starters is where it gets a little complicated. Frankly, I just don't think Ned Colletti can pull it off.
The Story: Considering what Ryan Madson can do for the Angels.
The Monkey Says: The salient point is that Madson may not be at full strength until well into the season. If signed to a two or three-year deal at something of a discount, the Halos can then afford to wait for him while seeing if Frieri is ready to handle being a closer full-time. If he isn't Madson should be ready to step in by mid-season. If he is, then the Angels can deploy Madson as Scot Shields version 2.0.
The Story: Part one of Jonah Keri's MLB trade value rankings.
The Monkey Says: The only Angel to in this part is Jered Weaver, who just barely makes the list at #50. I think that is a tiny bit low, but that might just be because I have blind faith in him bouncing back from the back and shoulder problems that slowed him down last year. And if he doesn't, I also have some faith that he is the kind of pitcher who will be able to lessen his decline because so much of his ability is based on deception and guile.
The Story: The Angels will be targeting pitching at the Winter Meetings.
The Monkey Says: This raises the interesting question of whether or not Dipoto could make a move on another pitcher before knowing what Greinke is going to do. We know that they want to bring Greinke back, but we also know they have two rotation slots to fill. I can definitely see them trying to lock down the other spot under the assumption Greinke is coming back, which would be risky, but worth it if they can get a good deal. However, it seem like most pitchers are waiting for Greinke to sign and set the market for the Sanchez's and Lohse's of the world first.
The Story: Zack Greinke's bizarre high BABIP/low FIP game against Seattle back in September.
The Monkey Says: Everything about Greinke is weird, isn't it? I'm not sure if that makes him more or less worthy of the contract he is eventually going to sign.
The Story: The Angels are moving the pressbox beyond the right field foul pole.
The Monkey Says: That's definitely one way to generate more money. Honestly, it is stupid that teams ever gave up prime seating real estate to the beat writers. Nowadays though, more and more newspapers are cutting back on beat writers, so there is even less of a need for a dedicated press box.
The Story: Looking at Joakim Soria as a free agent fit for the Angels.
The Monkey Says: Just like Madson, Soria is coming off Tommy John surgery, but I believe he is a little further behind Madson in his recovery. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Angels kick the tires on him if things don't work out with Madson. In fact, Soria could prove to be a cheaper option with better long-term potential since he is a few years younger.
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The Angels moved Tuesday to address the weakness that kept them out of the playoffs, reaching an agreement with former Philadelphia Phillies closer Ryan Madson, according to reports.
An Angels spokesman reached Tuesday afternoon said theres nothing yet to confirm, but reports said the sides have struck a one-year deal, a nod to the fact Madson is less than eight months removed from...
Ryan Madson agreed to a one-year deal on Wednesday with the Los Angeles Angels, who believe the right-handed reliever will make a strong comeback from Tommy John surgery.
The longtime Philadelphia reliever missed all of last season with the Cincinnati Reds, who signed him in January after a stellar performance in 2011 with the Phillies. He underwent surgery in April on a torn ligament...
Hoping a reliever coming off "Tommy John" surgery can help their beleaguered bullpen, the Los Angeles Angels reached a one-year contract agreement with free agent Ryan Madson, multiple media outlets reported Tuesday. Reports from the Los Angeles Times and Yahoo Sports indicated that the contract would include a low guaranteed salary plus incentives. Madson, 32, saved...
An interesting blurb in Todd Zolecki's column on Phillies.com tonight: the Phillies were interested in a reunion with former set-up man Ryan Madson. However, the reunion is looking less and less likely. Madson, who never threw a pitch in 2012 and is a free agent, appears to be headed elsewhere:
The Phillies had been interested in bringing back Ryan Madson as a setup...
The Angels finalized the signing of right-hander Ryan Madson to a one-year, $3.5 million contract. Madson passed a physical, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday, and is projected to replace Ernesto Frieri as the Angels' closer next season if he's healthy. The deal called for an additional $2.5 million in roster bonuses and $1 million based on games finished, meaning...
Former Reds closer Ryan Madson (can we call him that?) has agreed to terms with a new team: the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, writes ESPN writer Jerry Crasnick. The move means the Phillies must continue to look for eighth inning help. The report does not have the terms of the deal.
What the Phillies could not offer Madson was a closer's job. This deal appears to be a...
The Angels have moved to address a weakness that contributed to their falling short of the playoffs, reaching a contract agreement with former Philadelphia Phillies closer Ryan Madson.
Madson, 32, will earn a base salary and could make more in incentives, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. The deal is contingent on Madson's passing a physical examination...
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are reportedly close to signing free agent closer Ryan Madson to a one-year deal. The 32-year old Madson, who didn't throw a pitch in 2012 following Tommy John surgery after signing a one-year deal with the Reds during the winter, will be the sixth different full-time Angels closer in the last six seasons. The back of the Anaheim bullpen has...
It happens every off-season, teams get into a frenzied bidding situation for a high profile free agent. Just when we think we know who he is going to sign with- BAM! They strike out of nowhere! The mystery team!!!
You never believe it when they are mentioned in rumors. You scoff and mock the reporter who even suggests their presence. But then, lo and behold, that'...
With some free-agent contracts, the fine print can be revealing.
Right-hander Ryan Madson agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million deal Wednesday with the Los Angeles Angels. But Madson can earn as much as $7 million if he remains healthy and emerges as the Angels’ closer.
His contract includes five roster bonuses that could add up to $2.5 million and four bonuses for games...
The Los Angeles Angels will look back on 2012 as a grace disappointment, especially after signing Albert Pujols and acquiring Zack Greinke, only to miss out on the playoffs altogether. Blowing 22 saves certainly did not help, and the Angels are acting quickly to repair the back end of their bullpen, looking to sign Ryan Madson to replace Ernesto Frieri as the team’s closer for...
So you want Ryan Madson to be the new Angels closer, eh? Well, I suppose that makes some sense. He does have experience in the role, if your into that sort of thing, and he has a more established track record that incumbent closer Ernesto Frieri. Such a move would free up Frieri to ease into the high leverage innings more as a setup man. It's a good idea. Not a great...
Now that the Los Angeles Angels have reached an agreement with
right-hander Ryan Madson the team is letting other clubs know that former
closer Jordan Walden is “very available,” reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.
In wake of Ryan Madson deal, #Angels were letting clubs know today that Jordan Walden is very available.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) November 28, 2012
After missing out on one option Ryan Madson joining the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Phillies still need to fill a key 8th inning role in the bullpen. The Phillies are turning to a trade to try to accomplish this goal. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly, the Phillies are in active trade talks with the Houston Astros to acquire their closer Wilton Lopez.
Tuesday was a day filled with a flurry of news and rumors around the league, as the Cubs added RHP Scott Feldman, the Angels solidified their bullpen by adding closer Ryan Madson, and the Yankees got close to deals that would bring Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera back to the Bronx. As always, the Red [...]